Feb 08, 2013
It has been a month since Assail was scratched as favourite on the morning of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast due to a hoof infection.
Some of the fillies hoof had to be cut away with a Golden Slipper campaign hinging on how quickly it grows back.
Assail is coming along well with her recovery Clarry does have doubts surrounding whether the hoof is regrowing quickly enough.
“The horse herself is doing magic, she is not sore at all.” Conners said.
“She is a tough filly and she is coming along great.
“They cut all of the bad stuff out and put a plastic brace across the front of her hoof to support the cut away areas and five or six tiny little screws in the outside of her hoof to hold it all together.
“It was quite a big job but they did a marvellous job.
“We treat her every day and keep it clean.
“Yesterday we took off the old plate off and put a new fibreglass one on.
“The vets were very happy yesterday. The hoof is dry and clean, all infections are gone so all we need to do now is try and promote the hoof to grow as quickly as possible.
“She gets a lot of gelatine in her feet and a hoof oil which is known as the world’s best hoof dressing. We are doing everything we can.”
Assail during her recovery has been based at Clarry Conners Warwick Farm stable with the trainer presently hopeful rather than confident the Charge Forward filly can target the Golden Slipper.
“She is an exceptional horse,” Conners told Sky Sports Radio.
“She copes well and nothing worries her.
“Realistically she should have two starts in March but I don’t know how I am going to do that.
“The foot is great now I just need to get that hoof to grow as quickly as I can because I don’t want to be galloping her too early and then hurt it.
"I've got about half an inch of growth on the hoof though so it is coming along."